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Comment Boys need the training (Score 1) 490 490

I think we've got girls caught up pretty well; it's time to teach boys how to work with girls as equals. We can start by teaching them that being called a girl isn't a vile insult. Help them break free of their gender stereotypes just as feminism has helped women break free of theirs.

Comment I'll give Apple some credit (Score 2) 134 134

In my experience a company in these circumstances would pretend to have changed their policy on their own (coincidentally), or they were just "clarifying" their policy due to "misunderstanding". It looks like Apple is actually admitting that they messed up, which is good.

Comment Re:Technology evolves. Move on. (Score 1) 313 313

I have a flip phone* with T-Mobile, no data plan, and I spend maybe $50/YEAR. Because I hardly ever call anyone on it, and I don't text. I have an iPod Touch which I use on WiFi.

Also, my flip phone is tiny, and I can drop it without worrying about the screen cracking.

*Mind you, I'm not a big fan of my current phone, which I got for cheap at Toys-R-Us, and I'm reading this topic with interest. My original flip phone was from Samsung and it lasted forever.

Comment Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622 622

And that's the problem: one buys an SUV or minivan for the few times a year they need one (or "just in case"), and then drive it around town the rest of the year when it's overkill. Maybe renting a minivan for vacation is the answer (though rentals can make people uncomfortable), or maybe there's some other solution we haven't figured out yet. (A Smart car that transforms into a minivan. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch! :)

Comment Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 5, Insightful) 124 124

And if Walmart has the lowest prices in town (or maybe the ONLY prices in a small town), and if you're on a tight budget, you might not have a choice in where you shop, love it or hate it. It's like saying, "Wow, everyone must love the DMV, there's always a long line whenever I go!" :) Or as another example, I lived in Chicago for 5 years and I took public transportation everywhere, and I HATED it, but I hated the thought of driving in Chicago even more.

Comment Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (Score 1) 255 255

Potentially, yes. But open source may be running into the Bystander Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect):
"The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders."

Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even what book.

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